Archive Results For: Shipwrecks

The Battle of Trafalgar

By A.H. Taylor

The Battle of Trafalgar stands as a glorious example of the noble art of leading men in war. Lord Nelson had rightly assessed the destructive power of his own ships and their ability to stand punishment without losing heart, and he knew the qualities, both good and bad, of his opponents. ‘Partial firing continued until […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Atlantic | Napoleonic War | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics | Logistics | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Strategy & Diplomacy | Weapons

The Swedish Ship Stora Kraveln, 1559

By Sam Svensson

It is possible, with some guesswork, to construct a spar-plan of the Swedish ship Stora Kraveln from the rigging list of I559, which was published in The Mariner’s Mirror for April I928. The list relates to the last ship known as the Stora Kraveln,also called Elefanten, which was laid down in 1554 and finished in […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic | Other (Early Modern) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Shipbuilding & Design

Admiral Lord Rodney in Jamaica

By H.M. Cundall, I.S.0., F.S.A

Nowhere in the British Dominions is the name of Admiral Rodney more venerated than in the island of Jamaica. After the Battle of Saintes Rodney was created a Baron and granted a pension of 2,000 pounds. In Jamaica the House of Assembly resolved “to apply to the most eminent artist in England to prepare an […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | American Revolution | French Revolution | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Caribbean | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

The Sirius: the First Steamer to Cross the Atlantic

By James Hornell

The voyage was made in 1838 partly as a result of a paper given at the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1836 which had declared such a feat impossible. The eighteen day outward voyage is described through contemporary documents, including the ship’s log and the public interest and outcomes are described through […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Shipbuilding & Design

Venetian Naval Architecture about 1550

By Frederick Chapin Lane

Three different types of ships were called galleons, galioni by the Venetians: the warships used on the rivers, the large round-ships designed especially for military use, and a type of Cretan merchantman. Apparently the effort to construct ships which would be fast under sail and would carry a heavy load of ordnance on the upper […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Harbours & Dockyards | Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

The Shetland Islands Wreck – Roses

By Andrew C. O'Dell

This paper considers the position of the Shetland Isles on trade routes between northern Europe and the Atlantic and the tidal flows, topography, storms and fog that have over centuries resulted in so many wrecks on their shores. The author uses a timeline to show the number and nationality of wrecks from 1600 to the […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

The Haaf Fishing and Shetland Trading, 1730-35 Part III

By R. Stuart Bruce

Following on from The Mariner’s Mirror of 1922 which printed portions of the letterbooks of Mr. Thomas Gifford of Busta; those ended with 1728 and this proceeds from 1730. Extracts include discussions of shipwrecks and the local Earl’s legal rights to those in Orkney and Shetland. Many entries provide rich details about the maritime industry […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Eighteenth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

The Roman Anchors Found at Nemi

By G. C. Speziale

A continuation of archaeological work addressed by The Mariner’s Mirror in 1929, the article points to clues which prove the vessels discovered were warships not ‘pontoons’ as well as “real floating temples” possibly built by Caligula. The additional discovery of iron anchors some nineteen-hundred years old was a rare find in itself. Though an important […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology

Document: The Loss of the Ville de Paris

By courtesy of Colonel Gerald Boyle

The 24 March 1783 document is James Wilson’s account of the sinking of his Majesty’s ship Ville de Paris en route from Kingston, Jamaica to Great Britain. He was rescued by a Danish vessel and following his recuperation on the Continent he returned to Cowes, Isle of Wight, aboard a Russian ship. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Navies

H.M.S. Victory Part II

By Edward Fraser

Victory IV, 1,920 tons, was launched in 1737 and wrecked seven years later on the Caskets in bad weather with the loss of 1,000 people.   The present Victory 2,162 tons, was launched in 1765, served as flagship of the Mediterranean fleet and, after Trafalgar, in the Baltic. She was paid off in Portsmouth in 1812 […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Atlantic | Napoleonic War | Baltic | Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C) | Shipwrecks | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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